From oxygen content to pulse oximetry: completing the picture in the newborn.

Abstract

In recent years clinicians caring for sick preterm infants have come to depend on pulse oximetry to avoid hyperoxia, which means assuming saturation values for critical levels of oxygen tension. This prediction is made difficult by the shape of the haemoglobin-oxygen dissociation curve at critical values for arterial pO2 and by the effects of changes in… (More)

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